Kvitova into Birmingham semis, Vandeweghe injury scare

Jessica Allison
June 25, 2017

The other semi-final will be between former French Open champion Garbine Muguruza and Australia's Ashleigh Barty, who both benefited from retirements.

But on Friday was Kvitova's turn to receive the applause, as she revealed that many parts of her incisive grass court game are in working order and that many things may still be possible despite enduring problems with the injured hand. Barty hit several incredible winners including this one on her forehand.

"I was struggling [when serving for the match], feeling a stronger wind and I couldn't hold serve".

"The hand is good, which is the best news I could have", she said. I love playing finals, I like big matches, and I've missed it over the last six months.

"Paris was a bit weird and odd, and I couldn't play the best over there".

In an epic contest stretching 3hrs 3mins, Gavrilova was beaten 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 7-6 (7-5) despite leading the third set tiebreak 5-3.

Barty, ranked 77th in the world, is quite popular for having played tennis and giving up the sport for some time to play cricket and then returning.

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Earlier she said: "I am sorry for Lucie and hope she soon gets a bit better".

― Reuters picBIRMINGHAM, June 24 ― Czech Petra Kvitova continued her impressive comeback by moving into the Aegon Classic semi-finals with a 6-4 7-6 (5) win over France's Kristina Mladenovic yesterday.

After dropping her serve in the opening game of the second set, she chose to call it off.

Petra Kvitova has made her first final since being stabbed in her apartment in Czech Republic past year and her first final on grass since Wimbledon in 2014.

It is only Kvitova's second tournament since the seven-month hole which was torn from her career, and this was only her sixth match, yet she has reached her first grass court final since her 2014 Wimbledon triumph. But Mladenovic has made massive improvements since their Fed Cup encounter, winning her maiden WTA title at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy and reaching back-to-back finals at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix and the Mutua Madrid Open en route to a career-high ranking of No.12.

Muguruza saved match points in the penultimate game of the third set but the Spaniard was beaten when Barty battered a brilliant backhand out of reach.

Vandeweghe injured a foot in her opening match which, she said, contributed to her tumble in the second set. "I like getting purchase with my slice on the grass, and I didn't do much wrong". So it was a sad affair when Lucie Safarova failed to halt Petra Kvitova " s own version of "La Decima' as she notched up a tenth win over her compatriot. "She's one of the nicest girls you'll ever meet, not just in the tennis world".

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